Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined Senator Vincent Hughes, along with other elected officials, to announce a much needed investment of $15 million to address “toxic” conditions in Philadelphia’s schools.
The cash injection comes at a time when the city’s schools are most in need.
“The more than $15 million investment that begins the cleanup of health risks in Philadelphia schools is long overdue and it’s a huge win for our children,” Hughes said. “We need to do all we can to address health threats, improve conditions and create an exceptional learning environment.
“The governor and the school district have made this investment happen and they should be congratulated for their work, but we are not finished in finding even more resources to help our children. Today, let’s celebrate this wonderful investment in our children’s future; tomorrow, let’s get back to work and finish the job.”
The funding will be targeted to remove lead, mold and asbestos from school buildings. It is expected that the funds will help complete 59 projects in 57 Philadelphia schools.